Galerie Forsblom brings international established artists to its exhibition space in Helsinki.
While the exhibition programmes consist of a wide range of medias within the visual arts, Galerie Forsblom is profiled as presenting contemporary painting as well as sculpture.
Susanne Gottberg’s (b. 1964) art is a meditation on the fundamental nature of reflections. The artist plays with different kinds of reflections and the worlds they conjure forth. Sometimes the reflections are captured faithfully, at other times, they are invoked as a pure illusion. Paintings tend to mask reality, leaving it up to our senses to deduce what is real and not. We harness our senses as we navigate our way through Gottberg’s paintings, sometimes stumbling upon clues pointing to the presence of someone or something. The gaze has emerged as a key theme in Gottberg’s art. Her paintings have a distinctly corporeal presence. Their anatomy resonates with a reality that feels almost menacing. The depth of experience they convey awakens feelings of fear and vulnerability.
Gottberg has described her paintings as an event. They open and close, approach and recede, and the composition always has a particular rhythm and upward propelling dynamic. This sense of upward movement is underscored by the illusions of light that Gottberg captures, which are an event unto themselves. The light shines from within the painting, gaining intensity as it shoots upwards, though sometimes it exists only on a conceptual level.
Susanne Gottberg holds a strong position as a contemporary artist in Finland. She is represented in the collections of i.a. the Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma, Helsinki City Art Museum and Sara Hildén Art Museum, and in many international collections such as Statens konstråd, Gothenburg Art Museum and Trondheim Art Museum. She received the Swedish Cultural Foundation ́s Great Prize in 2018 and The Artists' Association of Finland's Annual Prize in 2019.
Portrait of Susanne Gottberg. Image credits Jussi Tiainen.
'Transparent Object with Cadmium Red, Mars Black and Titanium White', 2017, oil on board, 60h x 50w cm. Image credits Galerie Forsblom and Susanne Gottberg.
'Space/ Tila', 2019, oil and colored pencil on wood, 90h x 65w cm. Image credits Galerie Forsblom and Susanne Gottberg.
'View From the Border/ Näkymä rajalta, 2021, oil on wood, 55h x 105w cm. Image credits Galerie Forsblom and Susanne Gottberg.
'Kiasma, 2021, oil and colored pencil on wood, 59h x 81w cm. Image credits Galerie Forsblom and Susanne Gottberg.